Chosen by: Michael McKnight, Frankie & The Heartstrings

I can’t think of a single person alive today who writes with such honesty. Sexual encounters with dogs, being abused as a child, kicked out of art college and feeling the wrath of Jack White are all events that have carved him into Britain’s greatest cultural icon. If you need any further convincing, look no further than Kurt Cobain’s record collection, which was littered with Billy’s music.

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